Publications/guidance

Health matters: giving every child the best start in life This guidance for health professionals and local authorities focuses on investing in early years services from pregnancy through to two years old.  

Lightning review: access to child and adolescent mental health services.  

Some children’s mental health services failing children with life-threatening conditions 

  • 28% of referrals for children’s mental health support are turned away 
  • 14% of children with life-threatening mental health conditions are being turned away from treatment 
  • Children and young people on mental health waiting lists for up to 200 days 
  • 35% of trusts restrict access to children who miss appointments Over a quarter of children (28%) who were referred for specialist mental health treatment in 2015 did not receive a service, according to new information collected by the Children’s Commissioner for England using her unique powers to request data from public bodies. 

Law Society practice note on representation before Mental Health Tribunals This practice note advises on providing legal advice to clients appearing before the First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health) in England and the Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales. It has information under the following headings: (1) Introduction; (2) The right to legal advice and representation before the tribunal; (3) Communication with the client; (4) Taking instructions; (5) Your duties towards your client; (6) Good tribunal practice; (7) Representing children and young people before the tribunal; (8) More information. It was last updated on 27/5/16 to cover recent case law including YA (see para 4.1), Care and Treatment Reviews (see para 6.2.1) and includes other more minor amendments.